Alben W. Barkley Audio Collection,1948-1954

Descriptive Summary

Title
Alben W. Barkley Audio Collection,1948-1954
Creator
Barkley, Alben W., 1877-1956
Extent
3 cu. ft. (6 Boxes): 40 Items
Subjects
Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956
United States-Congress
United States-Congress--Senate--Biography
Vice-Presidents--United States--Biography
Legislator--United States--Biography
United States--Politics and government--1901-1953
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Staff, Hugh Henderson, Harold Rosenbaum; machine-readable finding aid created by:Harold Rosenbaum
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Alben Barkley was born in Graves County, Kentucky in 1877. A graduate of Marvin College in Clinton, Kentucky, Barkley also attended Emory College in Oxford, Georgia, and the University of Virginia Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1901 and began practice in Paducah, KY. Barkley entered McCracken County politics, serving as county attorney and county judge successively. In 1913 he was elected to Congress. Ten years later, the Congressman made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. He won a seat in the U.S. Senate in 1926 and became Democratic majority leader in 1937. When the Democrats lost control of the Senate in the 1946 elections, Barkley served as minority leader for two years. Nominated as Harry S. Truman's running mate, Barkley was elected Vice- President of the United States in 1948. He retired to Paducah after failing to receive the 1952 Democratic nomination for President. Barkley returned to public life two years later as he won election once again to the U.S. Senate. The "Veep," as he was fondly known, died suddenly while addressing a student group at Washington and Lee University.
Scope and Content
The collection is comprised of 40 1/4" reel to reel audio tapes. These tapes contain interviews with Vice President Barkley about his life and politics conducted by Sydney Shalett, various addresses including the Woodrow Wilson Centennial at the Hotel Statler and Democratic dinner in Columbia, S.C., the last speech made by Vice President Barkley (during which he dies) and the Alben Barkley: A Memorial broadcast.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. The Barkley ancestral narrative . (P.T.: 77 min)17-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. First experience with radio in 1924, Rene Vivisni of France; start of war, 1917; After the war; atrocity camps in Germany; childhood days; Barkley"s law practice; airplane story; childhood days Snakes; 1889 cyclone, first girl friend.(P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 23 min)18-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Teenage days; Family stories; William Lindsay from Kentucky; Barkley as a saleman; Tape #2 Dickons and Copperfield stories; First law job; Woodrow Wilson story, 1913; Wiiliam S. Bishop; famous gavels; Milton H. Smith; Featherbed story; Barkley as a teacher; Dean Acheson. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 25 min)20-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1.The antique story; First marrage ceremony; Early law days; Committees, Early upbringing, Irvin Cobb Tape #2 First association with Frakling Delano Roosevelt. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 29 min)20-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. First associatio with Fraklin Roosevelt continued; beginning of the Truman ear.(P.T. Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 28 min)July 22, 1953

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Campaigning with Roosevlt at Corbin, Kentucky; events leading to the 1952 convention.(P.T. Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 26 min) 22-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Events leading to the 1952 convention, Tape #2 conference with Roosevlt after Yalta.(P.T.: 62 min)22-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Governor Stevenson continued. Story that Congressman Frank Clark used to tell; Beginning of Barkley's Congressional carreer; Associations; observations and recollections of President Woodrow Wilson. Tape #2 Discussion of Woodrow Wilson continued; Discussions about Bryan, Rooseveltand Truman. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape: 32 min)23-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections Woodrow Wilson's administrations continued Tape #2 World War #1 under Wilson; Mr. and Mrs. Barkley discuss how they first met. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B 30 min)23-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Mr. & Mrs. Barkley discusss how they met contintued; Discussion with Mrs. Barkley's mother; Barkley days at Marvin, N.C.; Discussion about World War 1 trip to Europe. Tape #2 Recollections: World War 1 continued. Discussions about President Hoover. P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 27 min)24-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette Tape #1 Recollections: Race for Governor of Kentucky; Discussion on old fashioned orators. Tape #2 Orators continued; Tom Heflin; Rules of the House and Senate; Typical day of a Senator or Congressman.(P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 3 min)July 24-25, 1953

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: Senate duties; Huey Long; Russell Long. Tape #2 Recollections: Senate duties; Junkets; Trip to Korea; Trip to Russia; Trip to London; 1930; John Garner of Texas. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min;Tape B: 30 min)25-Jul-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: Discussion about the twelve years of the Republican administration. Tape #2 Recollections: Continued reflections on the Republican administration. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 29 min)July 25 & August 3, 1953

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: Airplane campaign of 1948; Dewey and Warren; Television; Champ Clark; Cordell Hull. Tape #2 Recollections: Cordell Hull continued; Death of Roosevelt; Discussions about the House of Represenatives. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 27 min)August 3 & 4, 1953

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: Irvin Cobb story; Michell Palmer's bombing; Meeting King Michael of Rummania; Claude Kitchen of N.C. Barkley's early life. Tape #2 Recollections: Discussions of famous personalities; Henry T. Raney, J. W. Burns, Sam Rayburn; Joe Cannon; Hiram W. Johnson. (P.T.: Tape A: Tape B: 26 min)August 4 & 5, 1953

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Side #1 Recollectins: Hiram Johnson, Charles L. McNary, Charlie Curtis,Wilkie, Wheery, Seantor Lafollette.Side #2 Recollections: Lafollette continued; George W. Norris; Woodrow Wilson's love for vaudville; Marion Anderson at the White House.(P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 2 min)5-Aug-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: Knickerbocker incident; Richard P. Ernst; Governor Chandler race; Roy Howard. Tape #2 Recollections: Huey Long; Fred Vinson; Joe Robinson; Colonel E. M. House. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 31 min)18-Oct-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: The Watch story; Big Sandy; Russian atom bomb; Westbrook Pegler; FDR Yalta story; Eightieth Congress; Goebel; Little pigs, ect. Tape #2 Recollections: Load of hay story; Agricultural relief; NRA; Pleas of business. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min: Tape B: 34 min)21-Oct-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: Gold Clause; Social Security; Bank deposits, PWA and WPA; Merchant Marines. Tape #2 Recollections: Rise of Hitler; United Nations; Harry Hershfield story on "where buried."(P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 33 min)October 21-22, 1953

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: Pearl Harbor investigation; The SEC investigations; WOW; Poll tax fight; Hogcalling; Labor role at convention. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 2 min)1-Nov-53

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Tape #1 Recollections: Roosevelt; joining Elks lodge; Aut Betty passgae; W. H. Borah; J.H. Lewis. (P.T.: Tape A :90 min; Tape B: 1 min)November 2-3 1963

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Interview with Alben Barkley conducted by Sydney Shalette. Side #1 Recollections: Convention speech; Lend Lease Bill; Senority system; Investigations of Senate; Cyclone story. Tape #2 Recollections: Cyclone story continued; misc. (P.T.: Tape A: 90 min; Tape B: 2 min)November 3, 1953

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Radio Address by Alben W. Barkley from Paris, France. (P.T.: 30 min) NOTE: Open-reel Box is mis-titled; this is a half-hour radio program by various Democratic politicians2-Jan-48

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Keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, Mutual Broadcasting System. (P.T.: 49 min)1948

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Alben W. Barkley address to Democratic dinner in Columbia, South Carolina. Parts 1 & 3. (P.T.: 30 min)1-Jul-49

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Alben W. Barkley address to Democratic dinner in Columbia, South Carolina. Part 6. (P.T. : 16 min)1-Jul-49

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Alben W. Barkley address in Boston, Mass., at the Hotel Statler. (P.T.: 38 min)4-Jun-50

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Barkley speaking at the Punch bowl National Cemetery Ceremonies commemorating Pearl Harbor Day. (P.T.: 45 min)7-Dec-51

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Alben W. Barkley speaking in Paducah, Kentucky, on behalf of Bert T. Combs for Governor. (P.T.: 28 min) 8-Aug-55

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Barkley speaking at the Woodrow Wilson Centennial. (P.T.: 27 min)21-Apr-56

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Barkley's final speech: Keynote address before the Washington and Lee University Mock Convention. [MISSING]April 49, 1956

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Morgan Beatty's broadcast on Alben Barkley's death. (P.T.: 6 min)30-Apr-56

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Tributes to Barkley by Earle C. Clements and others. (P.T.: 30 min)June, 1956

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News of the World, Democratic National Convention. A Tribute to Alben W. Barkley. (P.T.: 3 min)13-Aug-56

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Alben W. Barkley: A Memorial Broadcast, Part 1. (P.T.: 18 min) Note: Nos. 35 through 38 total 53 minutes--not 3 hours & 10 minutes as cited on each open-reel box.[n.d]

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Alben W. Barkley: A Memorial Broadcast, Part 2. (P.T.: 15 min)[n.d]

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Alben W. Barkley: A Memorial Broadcast, Part 3. (P.T.: 14 min)[n.d]

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Alben W. Barkley: A Memorial Broadcast, Part 4 (P.T. 6 min)[n.d]

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Alben W. Barkley campaign speech, at Covington, KY. (P.T.: 61 min)1938

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Alben W. Barkley campaign speech. at Covington, KY. (P.T.: 39 min)1938

  • Box 6, folder 39, Part 2
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